A Guide on How to Ship Perfume Internationally

Shipping perfume internationally in the mail or by courier

When sending perfume internationally by post or courier, it is essential to check the relevant rules and regulations beforehand, as there are restrictions for shipping this item. Make sure you follow the packing guidelines for shipping fragrances, cologne and perfumes internationally. If you have special requirements for sending perfume internationally, contact our logistics experts for advice.

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Perfume is usually restricted or prohibited items for shipping. Please note that insurance may not apply.


Regulations on sending perfume in the EU and internationally

Most perfumes contain a high concentration of alcohol. They are therefore considered a dangerous, flammable liquid and listed as restricted or prohibited by most couriers. This means that it is prohibited to send perfumes containing alcohol on air freight services, such as the Priority Express Service.

If you wish to send perfumes abroad, please check carrier restrictions for the specific countries before deciding to ship fragrances, cologne and perfume internationally.

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How to properly pack perfume for shipping internationally

Although most postal services and couriers do not recommend shipping liquids, perfumes are still a popular item to ship abroad. It is very important that you choose quality packaging materials and pack the perfume properly for shipping internationally via courier to avoid potential damage to your parcel or other items in transit.

  1. Place the bottle of perfume in its original box. Alternatively, place it in a leak-proof box that matches its size.
  2. Put the box into a resealable plastic bag or wrap it in cling film. Tape the package thoroughly to avoid any leakage.
  3. Wrap the perfume in bubble wrap for better external protection.
  4. Place the perfume box inside a larger cardboard box.
  5. Fill empty spaces with packaging peanuts or other suitable cushioning material.
  6. Close the box and seal it with adhesive tape.
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How to ship perfumes, cologne, and fragrances internationally?

Since shipping perfumes internationally via air freight services is not allowed, the best option to send such items is by road:
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*Please bear in mind that some courier companies may include perfume in their list of prohibited items. For any clarifications, please contact our team of specialists via chat.


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FAQ on sending perfume internationally in the mail or by courier

Can I send perfume with all couriers on local or international routes?
It is important to note that not all courier companies will ship perfumes internationally. For example, DHL, DPD and UPS will not ship parcels that contain perfume within the content.
Each courier has specific rules and requirements for different shipments and services so we recommend checking this further with the designated courier for your route.
When booking Express or Priority shipping services, please make sure not to include these items, as the courier will refuse to collect the parcel. If you need further assistance, you can reach us by chat, email or phone before shipping to discuss your options further.
Can I mail perfume domestically or internationally?
Most postal services have restrictions on sending perfume due to its alcohol content and flammable properties. For example, when sending perfume with Royal Mail or USPS, fragrances containing alcohol may not be shipped internationally or mailed domestically using air transport.
Perfumes containing alcohol, however, may be shipped within the UK and the USA by ground transport. Be aware that there are limits on the number of liquids that can be sent in a single parcel, so it is best to double-check with the postal service before sending your items.
Many people mail perfumes and colognes in parcels with clothes or other personal items. If you decide to send perfume in the mail, remember to pack the perfume properly for shipping since you will not be able to receive compensation in the unlikely event of loss or damage.
Can I send perfume internationally using air transport?
Unfortunately, it is unsafe to send perfume and other flammable liquids internationally using air transport, such as the Priority Express Service. This includes air transport from Europe to the USA or on any other international route.
Therefore, if you wish to ship perfume internationally in a package, you should choose the Standard Service, which uses ground transport.
What is the best way to ship perfume via courier?
The best way to ship perfume via courier is through our Standard Service. If you are shipping perfume within the EU borders, your parcel will not need to go through customs clearance before delivery.
You can follow our packing tips above to ensure your perfume is properly packed for shipping via courier. Since perfume is a great gift idea, people usually pack it in their parcel with other belongings such as clothes.
Bear in mind that if you decide to ship perfume via courier, you do so at your own risk, as insurance will not apply.
How do you send perfume internationally from the UK?
For businesses: Although shipping after Brexit is now more complicated than before, it is still possible for companies to send perfume abroad from the UK.
Whether you are sending perfume overseas from the UK to the USA, to Australia or to Europe, your shipment will be inspected by customs.
This means that you will have to pay VAT charges and duties, aside from preparing all the required documentation for the authorities. Businesses can only ship restricted items such as perfumes overseas with authorised couriers.
For individuals: Perfume is included in the restricted and prohibited items list of most courier companies.
If you decide to post or send perfume internationally, remember that every shipment sent to or from the UK will pass through customs.
If any prohibited item is discovered, the parcel may be returned to the sender instead of being delivered to the recipient.
Does insurance apply when shipping fragrances, cologne or perfume internationally?
Even though most Eurosender services include basic insurance for free, parcels that include perfume or other restricted items are not covered.
Therefore, if you decide to send perfume as an individual across Europe or internationally, you do so at your own risk.
Take these guidelines into consideration when sending perfume locally or internationally. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your parcel without restriction. If you decide to send perfume in the mail or by courier, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transport of your shipment.